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C&E.JPGAs you can guess, NFPA’s annual Conference & Expo takes LOTS of planning and coordination including securing, years in advance, the location of the event.


NFPA has scheduled our conference in Boston next year and in Las Vegas in 2018, but we haven’t finalized a location for our 2019 event. That’s where you, our prospective attendees come in. If you could choose, where would you like to see NFPA’s Conference & Expo?


How does New Orleans sound? What about San Antonio? Is Vegas still your favorite?  Take our online survey, which features the four cities we're considering, and tell us what you think. The deadline to respond is Thursday, August 11. Then stay tuned right here in Xchange for the results!


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Sparky travels to Canada and becomes a featured dancer in Konah Raynes cover song “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, by Justin Timberlake. The cover video was created to celebrate Canada’s capital Ottawa. Other featured dancers include, Ottawa's favorite dancing Police Officer Tracey Turpin, Mayor Jim Watson, Fire Services, Paramedic Services and people from all around the community. 


commercial.JPGThe installation of large PV systems on commercial building roofs is an emerging risk due to a favorable value proposition attracting building owners to install the technology. With these systems, the likelihood of a rooftop fire significantly increases since electrical breakdown – leading to arc faults, ground faults, and short circuits - can occur anywhere across the system. Any electrical fault can be accompanied by ensuing fire.


The rooftop placement is beyond the building fixed fire protection and detection features. This can mean delayed fire detection and no fixed fire protection. In addition, combustible features of the module and other components add fuel to support a fire. Where a fire develops below PV modules, the modules will reflect heat from a fire back down towards the roof enhancing the combustion rate of conventional roof materials. Roof assemblies traditionally considered “noncombustible” become combustible or fast-burning.


With these types of systems, the fire service takes a cautious approach as power generated by the panels cannot be turned off. This phase 1 research project looks into fire mitigation solutions for the fire service with these systems.


"Development of Fire Mitigation Solutions for Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Installed on Building Roofs - Ph. 1" authored by Joel Sipe, Ph.D. with Exponent is now available for free download from the Fire Protection Research Foundation.




Hector Montoya from Texas was nine years when he decided to donate smoke detectors to families who didn’t have them.


Montoya came up with the idea after watching the news with his grandmother and hearing a story about a Fort Worth mother and one of her twin daughters who lost their lives in a house fire. They didn’t have a smoke alarm in their home.


That evening he pitched an idea to his family. Instead of spending the money he had saved on himself, he decided to donate smoke detectors to families who didn’t have them.


Three years later Montoya has donated 6,425 smoke detectors in several cities and towns across North Texas. Last week he donated 125 smoke detectors to the DeSoto Fire Rescue. Fire officials will distribute the life-saving devices to senior citizens who lack the proper fire-safety measures.


According to NFPA smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. NFPA recommends:

  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.


For the third year in a row, smoke alarms are the theme for NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week which takes place this year October 9-15. NFPA provides educational information on smoke alarms via a variety of tips and tools.

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